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CHCI member Ico Bukvic turns data into sound in an immersive approach for exploring data

Ico Bukvic - Turning Data into Sound

Many researchers visualize data to uncover patterns or correlations, but a Virginia Tech professor has created a new platform for data analysis.

Ivica Ico Bukvic, associate professor of creative technologies in music in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, has pioneered an immersive approach that allows for the exploration of data by turning it into sound. Data sonification is a relatively unexplored area of research, yet provides a unique perspective for exploring data. The human auditory system has a superior ability to recognize temporal changes and patterns, making sonification a powerful tool for studying complex systems.

By leveraging the infrastructure provided by the Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology (ICAT), particularly the technology available in the Moss Arts Center Cube, Bukvic partners with Virginia Tech faculty from electrical and computer engineering; mechanical engineering; human nutrition, food, and exercise; and plant and environmental science to investigate how immersive sound can be used to develop a better understanding of complex systems.